Open thread: The Texas GOP senate primary; Update: Romney clinches nomination; Update: Cruz forces runoff with Dewhurst

posted at 7:23 pm on May 29, 2012 by Allahpundit

Polls close at 8 p.m. ET. Three things to watch tonight. One: Texas is going to put Romney over the top in delegates so we may get a formal victory speech from Mitt. If so, that’ll be a high-profile media-rich chance to move the spotlight away from Trump and back to his attacks on Obama’s public-equity record. Two: The One might have another long, awkward night ahead thanks once again to John Wolfe, the same Democratic longshot who made O’s spin doctors sweat before the Arkansas Democratic primary. WaPo thinks Obama will actually do better with Texas Democrats than he did in Arkansas and West Virginia — follow the last link for reasons why — but we’ll see.

Three, the main event: Establishment fave David Dewhurst vs. tea-party all-star Ted Cruz for the GOP Senate nomination. Cruz trails by double digits in all of PPP’s polling, but he doesn’t have to win tonight. All he has to do is combine with Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert to deny Dewhurst a majority, which will force a runoff on July 31. Between the (likely) lower turnout for that vote, the explosion in spending on Cruz’s behalf that’s sure to come if he hangs on tonight, and the migration — hopefully — of most of Leppert’s support to Cruz, the tea partier stands a chance of winning that race. (Expect an explosion of spending from Dewhurst too, of course. He’s already spent $12 million of his own money on the race.)

Problem is, per PPP’s last poll, Dewhurst stands at 46 percent. Can Cruz hold him under 50? Roll Call wonders if Cruz will even hold off Leppert:

Although Dewhurst and Cruz are expected to finish one-two, voters have been turned off by the constant sniping between them and the mostly negative attack ads that are running targeting each of the candidates. Some Texas Republicans say this unhappiness offers former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert an outside shot at displacing Cruz and proceeding to a runoff. Leppert has generally been running third, but he was buoyed by the outcome of Nebraska’s GOP Senate primary.

In that contest, state Sen. Deb Fischer won after surging from third to first in the final weeks to upset frontrunner Jon Bruning and tea party favorite Don Stenberg. Nebraska Republicans turned to Fischer as an alternative to Bruning and Stenberg, who along with their supporters engaged in a bitter, negative campaign.

The Leppert campaign, well-funded and considered strong in his Dallas-Fort Worth home base, was “cautiously optimistic” heading into primary day.

“Leppert comes across as a grown-up, and he doesn’t seem angry,” the unaligned Texas GOP insider said, explaining the candidate’s appeal.

PPP had Cruz over Leppert 29/15 in their last poll so the risk of a Fischer-esque ending here seems small, especially since the Dewhurst/Cruz battle has attracted marquee Republican names. Perry and Mike Huckabee are for DD, Sarah Palin is for TC. Perry doubtless would love to see his guy clinch tonight to ease the sting of Romney clinching the presidential nomination on his home turf. Here’s the Texas Secretary of State’s page for Republican primary results, and here’s the Democratic page in case you want to keep an eye on how O’s faring. Stand by for updates.

Update: Mitt Romney is now officially your Republican nominee for president.

Update: Close but no cigar for Dewhurst. The runoff is set for July 31.


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I just cast my vote for Tom Cruz.

Hoping for a run-off.

CorporatePiggy on May 29, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Best of luck Mr. Cruz!

Flora Duh on May 29, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Go Cruz!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 7:25 PM

This should be fun…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Oh, and best of luck to you too, John Wolfe!

Flora Duh on May 29, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Magical Numbereth Cometh!!??

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 7:27 PM

GO PATS!

…Errr… can someone give me some substantive policy differences between these folks?

Stoic Patriot on May 29, 2012 at 7:28 PM

GO TED!
*God Bless Texas!!*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Richard Morgan is running against Lamar Smith (House sponsor of SOPA) in TX-21.

tetriskid on May 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM

About time for this thread…lol

4 votes for Cruz just made it back home…

Y314K on May 29, 2012 at 7:31 PM

The local talker station just said that voter turn-out was 6500 or so. Don’t know if that was just the city or the entire county.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Y314K on May 29, 2012 at 7:31 PM

2 vote for him in early voting.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:34 PM

The TSA endorses Dewhurst

elowe on May 29, 2012 at 7:34 PM

The TSA endorses Dewhurst

elowe on May 29, 2012 at 7:34 PM

LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Standard “Drinking Game” rules apply for tonight’s event Ladies and Gentlemen…

… Extra swigs for any outrageously outrageous outrage aimed at the extremely extreme right wing of the radically radical TEA Party!

Cheers…!

*clink*

:)

Seven Percent Solution on May 29, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Cruz trails by double digits in all of PPP’s polling

This is the same firm that has Barackabama up +14 in Michigan. I ain’t buyin’ that at all!!

SouthernGent on May 29, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Not a Texan, but I hope Cruz does well tonight.

McDuck on May 29, 2012 at 7:36 PM

God Bless TX, do us proud…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Just voted for Cruz, our precinct had over 25% turnout. Lots of energy in the republican ranks.

daddio on May 29, 2012 at 7:36 PM

SouthernGent on May 29, 2012 at 7:35 PM

The word on the ground is that a run-off is likely.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:37 PM

2 vote for him in early voting.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:34 PM

We usually early vote too… But had to wait for one member of the Family to make it back…

I would like to try to vote by mail but I trust that even less then showing up to vote early or on election day…

Y314K on May 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Voted for Leppert about a week ago. We’ll see.

Client Number Nine on May 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Go Cruz!

Let’s have a runoff, baby!

Oh, and Go Heat!

Oh, and I’ll say it if no one else will….

PAULTARDS ASSEMBLE!!!!

victor82 on May 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Dewhurst was bought off counseled by Bob Perry and Charles Butt to lay down on a bill forcing Sanctuary Cities to abide by immigration laws.

elowe on May 29, 2012 at 7:39 PM

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canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM

victor82 on May 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Ronulan is gonna win Lubbock County. There’s just too many of the bastages here.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM

I see tons of support for Cruz in the conservative blogosphere(yes, a lot of it from actual Texans), but he’s behind by double digits in the polls. There must be some kind of disconnect going on. Blogs just don’t represent the conservative majority I guess.

Dongemaharu on May 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Standard “Drinking Game” rules apply for tonight’s event Ladies and Gentlemen…

… Extra swigs for any outrageously outrageous outrage aimed at the extremely extreme right wing of the radically radical TEA Party!

Cheers…!

*clink*

:)

Seven Percent Solution on May 29, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Be passed out in your own puke about ten minutes after the polls close.

msupertas on May 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Texas is going to put Romney over the top in delegates so we may get a formal victory speech from Mitt

The Paul-bots are either in morning or going ballistic right now, there’s no in-between. Some are even insisting that Paul will still win the nomination in Tampa, and ride a white horse to the white house—mild reality-based sedatives will be required.

Rovin on May 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM

*clink*

:)

Seven Percent Solution on May 29, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Seven Percent Solution:*Clink-Clink*:)

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Client Number Nine on May 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Leppert?
Dude?

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:41 PM

What a mess that redistricting created. I got to the polls and the Republican primary only was moved to another location. The lady at the new location said turnout was surprisingly low. Gee, ya think? Fortunately I had time to go to the new location, but not everyone will be so lucky.

txmomof6 on May 29, 2012 at 7:42 PM

txmomof6 on May 29, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Lubbock was unaffected by the redistricting…thankfully.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:44 PM

What a mess that redistricting created. I got to the polls and the Republican primary only was moved to another location. The lady at the new location said turnout was surprisingly low. Gee, ya think? Fortunately I had time to go to the new location, but not everyone will be so lucky.

txmomof6 on May 29, 2012 at 7:42 PM

That’s why u check online before heading out the door… It’s pretty easy to do in my county… Luckily mine didn’t change but they did say they added to other precincts to that one… They are always moving the early voting sites though…

Y314K on May 29, 2012 at 7:44 PM

victor82 on May 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM
Ronulan is gonna win Lubbock County. There’s just too many of the bastages here.
annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM

You do realize Ron Paul endorsed Cruz, right?

aryeung on May 29, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Also, not mentioned was a measure to repeal ObamaCare in the State Legislature. It will be interesting to see what percentage of the vote that gets.

txmomof6 on May 29, 2012 at 7:45 PM

@annoyinglittletwerp Sort of a protest vote against the tenor of Cruz’s campaign. Too much “Ted’s gonna take out the UN and ACLU” and not enough economic solutions.

Client Number Nine on May 29, 2012 at 7:45 PM

aryeung on May 29, 2012 at 7:44 PM

You do realize that even a broken clock is right twice a day?

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I early voted, but I stuck my head in the polling station today.

Man, the democrat table, those folks looked lonely and exceedingly bored.

Gotta love Texas.

Rebar on May 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM

txmomof6 on May 29, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Also worth noting the measure to ignore the courts trying to gerrymander redistricting. They didn’t mention the bogus use of the VRA directly, but the message is implicit.

CorporatePiggy on May 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Y314K on May 29, 2012 at 7:44 PM
Except they didn’t post it and the election judges were unaware of the changes for the various streets in the precinct. They said they had enormous trouble all day. The Democrat primary wasn’t moved, just the Republican one.

txmomof6 on May 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Man, the democrat table, those folks looked lonely and exceedingly bored.

Gotta love Texas.

Rebar on May 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I asked a guy outside the polling station about attendance. He said the morning was pretty busy. They even had 1 Democrat.

CorporatePiggy on May 29, 2012 at 7:48 PM

About time for this thread…lol

4 votes for Cruz just made it back home…

Y314K on May 29, 2012 at 7:31 PM

What, too lazy to vote a 5th time?

NotCoach on May 29, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Sorry Tea Party, had to vote for Tom Leppert. He was an amazing mayor in Dallas.

Voted for Mitt Romney. Felt fantastic.
Obama is going down. Mark it down.

It was also nice to vote for repeal of ObamaCare.

the new aesthetic on May 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

victor82 on May 29, 2012 at 7:38 PM
Ronulan is gonna win Lubbock County. There’s just too many of the bastages here.
annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM

You do realize Ron Paul endorsed Cruz, right?

aryeung on May 29, 2012 at 7:44 PM

I can see that fallout from my back porch.

The only way democrats win is because illegals breed like guppies.

AllahsNippleHair on May 29, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Rebar on May 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM

When we lived in Illinois we would be maybe one of 5 republicans.
What a wonderful change.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Just got back from voting for Cruz. At my location, there was a huge stack of completed voter records on the Republican table. There was exactly 1 1/2 pages on the Democrat table. The Republican booths were all full with a line more than 10 deep waiting. All the Democrat booths were empty. It was a beautiful thing to behold.

stvnscott on May 29, 2012 at 7:50 PM

@annoyinglittletwerp Sort of a protest vote against the tenor of Cruz’s campaign. Too much “Ted’s gonna take out the UN and ACLU” and not enough economic solutions.

Client Number Nine on May 29, 2012 at 7:45 PM

I am fine with u’r vote…. It wasn’t for Dewhurst so that’s fine… But what is Leppert’s positions… “I fill out a nice suit”… Just saying… All his commercials are, “I don’t mud sling”… Ahh.. That is cause no one cares about u… lol

Y314K on May 29, 2012 at 7:51 PM

By the way, voted for the Texas representative just by his name alone.
His middle name was actually “patriot”.

the new aesthetic on May 29, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Any texans out there with news on Michael Williams?

Loved his speech at the convention and I know he’s been big in the tea party from the beginning (not to mention the first African American elected statewide in Texas from any party)

He’s in a primary tonight for the 25th district if wiki is correct — is he the favorite??

pamplonajack on May 29, 2012 at 7:51 PM

the new aesthetic on May 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Husband voted Santorum/Cruz.
I was Mitt/Cruz.
Leppert left me unimpressed.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Some are even insisting that Paul will still win the nomination in Tampa, and ride a white horse to the white house

Rovin on May 29, 2012 at 7:40 PM

A cautionary tale why legalizing pot is a really bad idea. There is no groundswell of disenchantment with Romney to suggest that the nutty ideas that Paul espouses have any traction. He’ll give a speech and get a participation ribbon just like the others.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2012 at 7:52 PM

What, too lazy to vote a 5th time?

NotCoach on May 29, 2012 at 7:48 PM

LOL… Nah.. Just my immediate Family…. I usually do the candidate research and discuss stuff and then we go vote… We all use the same list to vote…

Y314K on May 29, 2012 at 7:52 PM

pamplonajack on May 29, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Isn’t Williams running unopposed?
I had Spawn google him. He was impressed.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Meanwhile at the polls today!!!!

Shooting reported at San Juan polling location
Posted: 05.29.2012 at 11:56 AM
Updated: 05.29.2012 at 2:45 PM
*******************************

http://www.valleycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=759495#.T8UUe1Kn6LI

And,
Speaking of Elections!!

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker raises more than $5 million as recall election nears, campaign announces –
************************************

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/29/with-recall-election-near-walker-raises-more-than-5-million/

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 7:53 PM

aryeung on May 29, 2012 at 7:44 PM
You do realize that even a broken clock is right twice a day?
annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM

I’ve seen this demonstrated on this very blog.

aryeung on May 29, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Cast my vote for Cruz. Also, my daughter voted for the first today and she voted for Cruz as will my wife and mom. Dad voted for Dewhurst. Guess you can’t win em all. Here’s to hoping for the runoff and the likelihood that Cruz can win in that race.

Jon in TX on May 29, 2012 at 7:54 PM

the new aesthetic on May 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Husband voted Santorum/Cruz.
I was Mitt/Cruz.
Leppert left me unimpressed.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Well, I was actually thinking hard at the last minute. Love what Leppert did for Dallas. I met him two years ago and he kind of seemed fake.

the new aesthetic on May 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM

AllahsNippleHair on May 29, 2012 at 7:50 PM

Clever username.

aryeung on May 29, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Standard “Drinking Game” rules apply for tonight’s event Ladies and Gentlemen…

… Extra swigs for any outrageously outrageous outrage aimed at the extremely extreme right wing of the radically radical TEA Party!

Cheers…!

*clink*

:)

Seven Percent Solution on May 29, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Sorry 7% but I have a note from my doctor saying I’m not allowed to play anymore drinking games with you. He says he was barely able to save me and my liver the last time we played this game and if I play it again he’s not even going to try to save me… (oh, and the note is stapled to my liver lest I get forgetful)

SWalker on May 29, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Leppert is the second best choice here. If for some reason he slips by Cruz for the runoff spot, I’ll only take one quick look at the melting bunny before rooting for Leppert over Dewhurst.

Gingotts on May 29, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Politico
Palin still a power-broker for GOP candidates

If she jumps into the right streams, the ex-veep nominee’s backers will cite her endorsements as fresh evidence of her clout — even if she’s being carried by the tide. Yet her durability among the grassroots of the party, even with the tea-party movement diffusing in 2012, is clear.

“There is a vacuum on the right now, and at some point that’s an opportunity for someone, and it won’t be resolved in this summer or this fall,” said Republican strategist Alex Castellanos. “Sarah Palin has as much a claim to that as anyone right now…I think she has settled into her role as the power behind the thousands (of) thrones, instead of sitting on one.”

So far this cycle, Palin has backed four GOP candidates in their primaries, and two have won (the others are Cruz and Hatch, who face voters starting today). Her support is guaranteed to generate headlines for the favored candidate, as she relies on her lengthy list of supporters to bring in an infusion of low-dollar donations from her grassroots list…

Written off by many in her party and in the media after her vice presidential bid, Palin has re-emerged repeatedly as a talented campaigner who can dominate local press and, at times, play an important role in electing candidates. That was especially true in the 2010 cycle, when she cemented her brand with key endorsements of female candidates she dubbed “Mama Grizzlies,” including Nikki Haley and Susana Martinez, now the governors of South Carolina and New Mexico.

New up in the headlines…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

@Y314K Well, most of my extended family lives in DFW. They all had great things to say about Leppart. I was generally annoyed by the nationalization of the Cruz/Dewhurst matchup though and that was a big factor.

Client Number Nine on May 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Pot growers in Humboldt County overwhelmingly voted no on legalization. They’re all die-hard liberal CAPITALIST!

Rovin on May 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Well, most of my extended family lives in DFW. They all had great things to say about Leppart. I was generally annoyed by the nationalization of the Cruz/Dewhurst matchup though and that was a big factor.

Client Number Nine on May 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I would choose Leppart over Dewhurst any day too… But I like what Cruz did for Texas with the Supreme’s & I think that would be an awesome person to have in the Senate…

Y314K on May 29, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Lubbock numbers just starting to come in. Randy Neugebauer is being challenge by Chris Winn.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Speaking of the Senate race, Craig James (the ESPN moron) was running for Senate. I think he’ll get no better than .08% of the vote. Obviously, I’m including family in this.

john1schn on May 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Just voted for Cruz and Paul. It’s going to be interesting to see if Dewhurst can hit 50%. If not…. I think Cruz takes it in the run-off.

ModerateMan on May 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Voted in Tarrant County a little while ago. I think the young guy manning the Democrat table was about to fall asleep due to inactivity. Checked the Cruz box – good enough for Sarah and the TEA party, good enough for me even tho the runoff is what’s in play for him.

UncleFodder on May 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

I put my money and vote on Lela. No insiders, no one like Cruz who won’t directly respond to questions.

And yes, I’ve seen him debate.

madmonkphotog on May 29, 2012 at 8:11 PM

5 votes from my family for Cruz, don’t see a chance for Leppert to slip past Cruz.

opustx on May 29, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Voted Romney, Cruz, repeal Ocare today.
GOP table was slow, but I avoided the lunch hour crowds … dude said early voting was busy ++++
Dem table was very empty/bored … hehe.

pambi on May 29, 2012 at 8:13 PM

ModerateMan on May 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Agree with you about Cruz-and am delighted that Mitt will most likely be clinching the nomination in Texas!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 8:14 PM

When we lived in Illinois we would be maybe one of 5 republicans.
What a wonderful change.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 7:50 PM

I lived in Cambridge Massachusetts for 15 years.

Yeah.

Rebar on May 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Evein’ folks
cheers!

cmsinaz on May 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM

I put my money and vote on Lela. No insiders, no one like Cruz who won’t directly respond to questions.

And yes, I’ve seen him debate.

madmonkphotog on May 29, 2012 at 8:11 PM

I would like to extend a hearty welcome to Lela Pittenger, our newest HotAir commentator.

ModerateMan on May 29, 2012 at 8:16 PM

To bad I live in a precinct that is mostly Dem’s… When we go vote in the generals… I just say… Let’s go cancel some votes…lol

Y314K on May 29, 2012 at 8:16 PM

will the lsm actually air his speech?

cmsinaz on May 29, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Y314K on May 29, 2012 at 8:16 PM

heh

been there before in NC…

cmsinaz on May 29, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Oh … School choice was on the ballot, too.
Got a resounding yes, from this household.

pambi on May 29, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Texas has the weakest conservative national politicians of any large state in American history. They are pathetic all, every single one should be replaced. How a good state could be so inversely proportional to its political talent cries out for change. When Chuck Schumer from New York speaks about creating a new government program to right some wrong, where is the conservative from Texas setting him straight? Throw the useless establishment types out immediately – Go Ted Cruz!

timoric on May 29, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Winn 33% vs Neugebauer 66% in Lubbock County early voting.
Winn only started campaigning 2 WEEKS ago.
Neugebauer will win this time-but in 2 years…he’ll be beatable.
*Lubbock won’t be voting a DIM into Congress.*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Voted Cruz and Romney !

Sandybourne on May 29, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Cruz fan hoping for a cruising victory over Dewhurst.

Conservative4Ever on May 29, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Mitt’s winning Lubbock County in early Voting!!!
In the senate on the other hand…in early voting Dewhurst 51 %-Cruz…34%.
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 8:21 PM

A lot of Texans here tonight..:)

idesign on May 29, 2012 at 8:23 PM

WaPo thinks Obama will actually do better with Texas Democrats than he did in Arkansas and West Virginia — follow the last link for reasons why — but we’ll see.

Because more of them are Black?

JohnGalt23 on May 29, 2012 at 8:24 PM

A lot of Texans here tonight..:)

idesign on May 29, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Guess we can start the Texas succession convention going…lol

Y314K on May 29, 2012 at 8:26 PM

Evein’ folks
cheers!

cmsinaz on May 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM

cmsinaz:Good Evening Lady CMS:)

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 8:26 PM

I hope Cruz is doing better elsewhere than here.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM

I’m seeing 47-28 Dewhurst among early voters so far. Who’s expected to have the edge there? My inclination was that Cruz,, with more of the ground organization needed to clean up on early voters. That margin seems a little scary to start.

Gingotts on May 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 8:26 PM

:)

cmsinaz on May 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Gingotts on May 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

In Lubbock county early voting it’s 51-34 Dewhurst.
Damn!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

I’m seeing 47-28 Dewhurst among early voters so far. Who’s expected to have the edge there? My inclination was that Cruz,, with more of the ground organization needed to clean up on early voters. That margin seems a little scary to start.

Gingotts on May 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

I don’t think Tea Party is a old as old GOP establishment… Bet those early voters went with the BS ads by Dewhurst…

Y314K on May 29, 2012 at 8:30 PM

how come they can release early voting before the polls close in Texas?

txmomof6 on May 29, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Current results have Cruz at 28%, Dewhurst at 47%, and Leppart at 15%. It’s early but not looking good for Dewhurst to pull 50%.

Jon in TX on May 29, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Cruz can’t count on Leppert’s voters in a runoff. He is more of a moderate like Dewhurst. The GOP grapevine down here thinks those voters won’t be motivated to come out in the runoff. Same for Dewhurst voters who will not be as motivated as Cruz voters. We will crawl through broken glass on July 31. I voted Cruz last week.

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM

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